Did you know that one out of three medicines prescribed in Germany is an herb? Herbal medicine has taken the world by storm as an effective method for healing. The book I am reviewing today holds its own to the practicality and effectiveness of natural medicine.
In this article, I review “Nature’s Remedies” by Jean Willoughby. Click play to see my honest review. Be sure to also subscribe to be automatically entered to win FREE tea/books/stuff during Tea End Blog Give-Aways. Already subscribed? Tell a friend!
Title: Nature's Remedies
Page Count: 159
Author: Jean Willoughby
Published Date: 2016
Publishing Company: Chronicle Books LLC
To be honest, I always find it weird when I hear that herbal remedies are considered ‘alternative medicine’ as if conventional medicine came first. Weren’t the lilies of the field always in bloom and the green herbs always sprouting? I can appreciate conventional medicine, as it has its place; however, I highly respect herbal remedies and find them to be most effective in my regard.
The simple practicality of “Nature’s Remedies” by Jean Willoughby makes this book easy to consult when needed. Some of my favorite herbs were cited within its pages such as St. John’s Wort, White Tea, Dandelion, Ashwaghanda, and Elderberry just to name a few.
DANDELION for DIGESTIVE HEALTH
Botanical Name: taraxacum offinale
Origins: Asia and Europe
"Dandelion is one of the most nutritious and medicinally valuable weeds in the world. As gardeners and lawn-abiding citizens can attest, it reproduces prolifically and is difficult to uproot. It clings to the soil with a strong taproot, which is one of the parts used in herbal medicine. Its soft, silvery seed heads are the delight of children, who shake or blow on them, causing them to disperse and sow the next generation of tufted playthings. The name dandelion comes from the French dent de lion, or "lion's tooth," which refers to the jagged edges of the herb's long, slender leaves. As a bitter herb, dandelion stimulates the appetite and digestive system. It then enhances the digestive process by promoting optimal liver function. It increases the flow of bile from the gallbladder into the small intestine, which stimulates peristalsis, a series of wave-like muscle contractions that move food through the digestive tract. This contributes to dandelion's gentle laxative effect. It is also a diuretic, a medicine that increases elimination. As an edible wild food, dandelion is valued for its vitamin and mineral content. It contains significant amounts of B vitamins, as well as vitamins A, C, and E, and it's high in potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and manganese."
If you are new to horticulture and botany like I am, and you want a fresh, simple, and clean start then “Nature’s Remedies” by Jean Willoughby is the book for you. I read the book in summer 2017 but have consulted it frequently since!
Do you enjoy botany or horticulture?